Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Makenzie's Ultimate Baby Playdate

Whew, it's been almost a month since Makenzie's party but I'm finally here to share it with you! When I started planning for her party, everything I read said that babies really don't care about first birthday parties. That sounded like a challenge to me. I decided that Makenzie's first birthday WOULD in fact be all about her.

As I thought of the usual and even some unusual themes, nothing struck me. I decided to come up with my own theme, we were going to do an Ultimate Baby Playdate. Makenzie loves playdates and she loves her friends so why not have all of her baby friends over for a souped up playdate?
I started sketching and brainstorming and making lists. After months and months of planning, it all came together. There were some major bumps in the road on the day of the party and things didn't get done as well as I had wanted them to but the party was awesome and the best part was that Makenzie had a blast!

The invite designed by my oh-so-talented hubby. Having an Ultimate Baby Playdate meant that I got to keep the guest list to a minimum. A majority of the guests we invited were Makenzie's baby friends. I added a fun touch and addressed each invite to her friend.

My mom made Makenzie a turquoise tutu, a cupcake onesie and her matching flower headband and she bought her pink glitter TOMS.

I decided to take all of the furniture out of our living room and dining room and make it party central. We ended up leaving the couch but everything else went in the garage. I put away the stuffed toys and any of her toys that would be difficult to sanitize. I brought out her ball pit and put the toys in the middle of the room. The babies were free to roam around and play at their leisure without mom or dad having to stress about them.

Our large window seat in the living room was used for presents. I downloaded a banner from the blog eighteen25 and used Photoshop to change the colors to match the party. We bought two mylar butterfly balloons and had them on each side.

Behind the couch was a small table with Makenzie's Shutterfly books, a pink photo box, pens and blank index cards. Everyone loved looking through Makenzie's books. On the blank index cards we asked people to write a special message to Makenzie. When they were done they placed the cards in the pink box, which became Makenzie's first birthday box.

The main focal point of the party was the dessert/snack table. This was the first thing you saw when you walked in the door. We had a lot of fun putting it together. There was an "adult" food table elsewhere but we kept the baby food on this table. We had PB&J finger sammies, string cheese, whole wheat goldfish crackers and a sippy cup with a Happy Tot Organic Fruit Pouch for each baby. We used colored streamers for the backdrop.

I decorated my Wilton cupcake stand with hot pink satin ribbon and turquoise rick rack. I made chocolate cupcakes with turquoise frosting and put pink "Happy 1st Birthday" candles in the top cupcakes.

 Dirk left to get balloons and on his way home the tire and axel on our Civic decided to just fall off. Praise the Lord he was right outside the gate to our Community and was completely uninjured but he did have to wait for a tow truck to come. Because of this my mom and I were scrambling around. Unfortunately I didn't get to complete all of the sweets I wanted on the table and I didn't get to frost Makenzie's smash cake. It all worked out fine and she just smashed a cupcake. I decorated her highchair with tulle and satin ribbon and made her hat (that she wore for 2 seconds).

Overall, the party was tons of fun. In a perfect world things would have been a little different but remember this was all about Makenzie and she had a great time! We are so thankful for our sweet girl and all of our friends and family who came. We love you all!


  1. Awwww it looks like it was an amazing party and your little girl is adorable.
    I loved the party table so colourful.
    love and hugs joss xx

  2. Amazing job!!! Looks like a ton of fun! I love the colors you used and the photos are AWESOME!

  3. I love everything! Ryan's party is in 2 weeks and I need so much help! Can I hire you to come help me? =)

  4. Steph, I wish we lived closer, I'd come and help you, for free of course. The couple weeks leading up to it are so stressful but I'm sure you'll have a blast. I can't believe that our babies are already a year (or going to be). It's been fun sharing this journey with you, even if we only know each other through our blogs. :)

  5. Would you mind sharing what recipe you used for Makenzie's cake?

  6. Steph,
    The "smash cake" was just a chocolate cupcake. I used Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate cake. I had made a banana cake (that was super yummy) for her to smash but didn't get to frost it since the whole car thing happened. This is the recipe I used for the banana cake: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Banana-Layer-Cake-with-Cream-Cheese-Frosting-4694

    I didn't try the frosting because I didn't get to frost it but the cake itself was yummy. Also, I used two six inch Wilton cake pans. I did a trial run with a different cake and that was the perfect size for her to smash. The 8-inch seemed too big.

    I wasn't a big stickler about no sugar, just wanted to make sure there were all-natural ingredients (is vanilla extract all-natural??? idk). She didn't care for the cupcake much. After a few bites she started to shiver every time she put the cake or frosting in her mouth. Hope that helps. :)

  7. O wow those pictures a truely adorable, and the colours are amazing.
    It looked like everyone had an awesome time.
    Great job on your blog has give me some great ideas for mine.
    Susan xx

  8. I have the same "Happy 1st Birthday" candles, except the boy colors, and I've been trying to figure out how to use them in cupcakes. I may still make a smash cake to stick them in, but you have certainly used them creatively... and given that I also have the same cupcake stand (I see that you, too, like the TomKat Studio web site!), I may just have to copy you. Happy birthday to your little girl

  9. Thank you, everyone. We had a blast! I'm happy that I can share some of the ideas I pulled together. Her party was a compilation of a lot of different things I pulled from a lot of different sites. I hope I can help inspire others as well. :)

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  14. Hey, Makenzie's Ultimate Baby Playdate is looking so adorable. I believe that the smash cake is necessary for the first birthday as it is so fun to do for kid and great to see for the adults. At the garden event venue Atlanta we had hosted the rainbow themed party for our twins and it was great to see how the kiddos played with the cake.